Pfaff Automotive Partners announces return of race car driver, Chris Green.Apr 15th, 2014
Allison Pigden | April 15, 2014
Chris is returning to the Pfaff motorsports team for the third consecutive year as our lead driver in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge.
We look forward to a championship year with Chris at the helm of our team!
We recently spoke with Chris to get to know him more and tune in to his experience working with Pfaff thus far…
Name: Chris (Christopher) Green
Occupation: Product Manager at Hardent Inc. / Team race driver for Pfaff Automotive Partners ‘ motorsports team
Current City: Montreal, Canada
1. What iconic automotive brand do you find the most inspiring?
When speaking of iconic brands my mind always leads me to Porsche, due to their rich racing background and their unique approach to creating one of the world greatest sports cars. I have grown up around Porsches from my earliest memory, driving to Colorado Springs in the back seat of a Porsche 944 S2 for a PCA (Porsche Club of America) event with my parents, to learning how to drive “stick” in a Porsche 996 C4S, to some of my greatest racing moments behind a wheel of the famous brand.
2. What would be your dream car?
It’s always a tough question to answer as the evolution of cars is so rapidly changing, last year I would have said a Porsche GT3 RS until I drove a McLaren 12C, which was the most amazing street car I have even driven on a track, I was simply blown away. This year there are some amazing super cars coming out including the Porsche 918 or the McLaren P1 and I would have to vote for those based on numbers and pure engineering marvels. But in a realistic world my heart still currently lies with a Porsche GT3 RS as it represents what Porsche is all about and remains the purist track VS street car I have had the opportunity to drive both on and off the track.
3. What car are you currently driving?
I currently drive a 2013 Audi A4 S-Line as it has a perfect combination of all wheel drive traction for our crazy winters and comfort for my many trips back and forth to Toronto/ CTMP and Montreal. It is a great car with enough power to keep me reasonably out of trouble 😉
4. What are the top three ‘accessories’ that you would get for your car (ie. Pfaff Tuning work)
If I can convince the Pfaff Tuning crew to take in my car I would definitely go with some suspension work first! We need to lower the car and stiffen it a little with a proper set of springs. A nice set of bronze ADV1’s would look stellar with the Daytona Grey paint on my Audi. I would also have a Akrapovic exhaust installed as my third choice, the car needs some more purrrrr.
5. If you could be a Formula 1 driver who would it be?
I think I would have to refer to the older days of racing when the cars were more pure in the sense of limited electronics and tech and more about the power, aerodynamics and driver. I would call out Aryton Senna on this as he had the ability to be so fast in any given car, condition or circumstance and he did so much of it with a clear mind and pure, raw talent. I watch his videos today as I was only 9 when he was killed and it gives me goose bumps every time to see the car control he had and the ability to do things that so many others could only dream of in those days. He was a miracle worker in the rain and I love to drive in torrential conditions. He was also a very well respected man off the track with a huge heart and ability to attract so many people along his short journey with such a positive impact.
6. What is the most memorable moment of your career so far?
Racing much like any sport (or even career), must live its lows as much as the highs as that is what builds character, that is what builds drive and passion to succeed. There are many great moments that I have captured throughout my career but the first that comes to mind as it is most recent, would have to be coming back to racing after many years of pursuing my dream to become part of a group like Pfaff, who has such a rich racing history and pulls off 7 wins in 12 races!
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Italy, hands down!
8. What does a daily work out regime look like?
As a driver I mainly focus on endurance and strength so I concentrate my work out program to Cardio, Core, Balance with a high heart rate and interval training. I like to run a lot, though I plan to focus on cycling more this year. My winter routine is more focused on skiing in addition to my regular training routine. I have also been working on the exercising the mind, as it is just important to maintain focus through fatigue and make the right decisions.
9. What are three things you would take with you on a deserted island?
The questions that always needs to be asked!
1) My Fiancé Natacha 2) a lighter 3) a fishing pole/ net 3.33) a volleyball named Wilson 3.66) my cellphone (Let’s be honest I probably couldn’t use it)
10. What is your current favorite restaurant?
Au Pied de Cochon in Montreal. I have to be so cautious as to how often I eat there as the food is so decadent and duck fat loaded which is not the best answer in relation to question #8! However, the food and concept are so different and all about local ingredients which I love. Martin Picard is a mastermind.
11. What are some of your wardrobe staples?
7 For All Mankind Denim, my adidas running gear and my Hugo Boss brief case, a dress shirt or a plain “Tee”
12. What is one item that you could not live without?
13. What would be your summer anthem?
Justin Timberlake’s albums has kept me going on many drives last summer – Recently I have been listening to a lot of The Roots.
14. What would be your preferred Pfaff rental car for a track day?
Rumor has it Pfaff McLaren showed off a P1 at the Autoshow??? hmmm How could I not chose that 😉 The cars that Pfaff offers for their track days are pretty remarkable as you can try out a Cayman, an Audi or even a Porsche 911 – How cool is that?! I will however have to stick with my Porsche 991 911 GT3 Cup car for my regular track activities.
15. What is your best Pfaff experience?
Having never walked into Pfaff early last year to meet with the race team I showed up at the Tuning/ McLaren reception as an unknown and asked for whom I was coming to visit so they could notify them and was immediately offered coffee, water or anything I needed. I must say I felt special even though I was not there as a buyer (for now!) but was treated like royalty. I must say the service and hospitality was hands down one experience that I often share with others as a great one as it has become something more of a luxury than a common practice.